Five image/text collages by Kate Ingold

We’re pleased  to present image/text collages from poet and visual artist Kate Ingold, whose manuscript Thesaurus for Ceasing War  was a finalist in our recent Firsts! contest. Ingold considers the palimpsest the driving metaphor in her artistic practice: in her writing, her art, and her hybrid work, Ingold says that she is interested in “uncovering and covering up; obscuring and revealing.”

In the hybrid series Local Programs (Salute), Ingold works only with scotch tape and materials found in vintage TV Guides. Beginning with discarded cultural relics, these collages subvert nostalgia with absurdity: images and expectations that never were realistic are layered with the disappointment and regret inherent in examining the past. This is a vast project with over 150 collages. The five collages presented here play particularly upon the personal and political shadows of gender in American culture.

"About then I began"

“About then I began”

"women move into fields"

“women move into fields”

"Folks say Hello to Sharon"

“Folks, say Hello to Sharon”

"of being an impostor"

“of being an impostor”


"I couldn't stand it anymore"

“I couldn’t stand it anymore”


Kate IngoldKate Ingold is a visual artist and poet. She received her BA in English-Rhetoric with a minor in Visual Art from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and her MFA in Studio Writing (Image/Text) from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She was awarded an Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship Finalist Award in 2009, the Poetry Society of America’s National Chapbook Fellowship in 2007, and a CAAP Grant from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs in 2001. Ingold’s poetry chapbook, Dream of Water, was published by the Poetry Society of America in 2008. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Fisher Museum of Art and the Illinois State Museum. She is represented by the Roy Boyd Gallery in Chicago.

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